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Global Partners Program

Global Partners is a mentoring program designed to assist first-year students with their adjustment to their new academic and social environments at Purdue and the College of Science. GSP matches first-year students participating in the College of Science Global Science Partnerships Learning Community with successful student partners enrolled in the same major. The main objective of the program is to provide incoming freshmen with the opportunity to build a relationship with a College of Science role model while receiving academic and social support, as they make their transition to college life. The Global Partners program is dedicated to enhancing cross-cultural understanding and to helping all students involved to expand their knowledge of global issues and how they impact the Purdue community.

Global Partners mentors are eligible to earn 3 points per semester of mentoring in the Learning Beyond the Classroom Experience with Domestic and International Diversity category. 

ACTIVITIES for Global Partners:

  • Monthly Dinner Meeting with cultural programs
  • Community Service – Halloween at the YMCA and more!
  • English Conversation Groups – Informal “chat” sessions to help international college of science students become more comfortable with conversational English.
  • Cultural Activities and Field Trips – Global Fest, Beach Trip, Corn Maze excursion, trip to Indianapolis and more...
  • International Film Festival, game nights, cookouts, and more...

Student Testimonials

"As an international student, I didn’t know much about Indiana, but thanks to the GSP learning community I was able to travel around the state and get to know its culture better in an interactive and fun way."
Marina - Computer Science - Spain

"During Global Partners, I developed a stronger appreciation and understanding for cultures other than my own. I’m so glad that I’m involved with this program because I’ve learned so much".
Suraya - Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology - USA

"I wanna say millions of thanks for what this program has been done for me. It was comforting to receive help when I was abroad and so far from home. I always share what I learned in Global Partners and Global Dialogues, with my friends here, conveying the message to treat everyone equally and to help promote the cultures to everyone in the world. I think it was the best thing I have been involved. Thank you for that."
Chin Chai(Hugo) - EAPS - Malaysia 

"My favorite part of the Indianapolis Zoo trip was the extended contact with American students. We had great conversations and made some plans for the following week."
Jens - Math - German Exchange Student

"I loved being able to meet people from all over the world. It is an amazing opportunity"
Stephanie - Biology - England

"Getting the opportunity to connect to many different people whether they were from a different country or a different region of the U.S. Each person had a perspective unique to who they are and where they were from."
Amanda - Biology - USA

Student Activities


Students at orientation.

Corn Maze

Art Activities


Beach Trip

Ice Skating

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